Recently, Deanna prepared a pork butt roast for us to enjoy for supper. It was so good that she made it again to take to the Fischer Family Reunion in Fischer, Texas. As often happens with me these days after eating something, I began to wonder about the dish’s origins and history — thinking it might be a good story to tell. After some research I decided it was, and here is what I found out. The pork butt is an essential cut of meat for barbecues and slow cooking. It has a complex history that extends far beyond its seemingly perplexing name. Contrary to what the term suggests, the “butt” is not from the rear of a pig, and it is worth noting that the naming conventions of various pig parts have been a subject of debate among experts over the years.
A barrel load of roast: